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Wed, Oct 31st, 2012 01:03:46 AM
Topic: arts@capri motel

The festivities have just begun in San Francisco at the capri motel and RK has already received several reports from those who have boots on the ground.

And while none of what we have heard is very interesting there is one tidbit we thought worthy of mention.

Seems jim aka generous jim burns, a fervent visitor to all RugDUMB events threw a hissy-fit when he was denied admission before the show's "official" opening.

Fact is he sneaked his way in and when he was caught and told to leave that's when burns, who thinks he is a big shot and big time ruggie, threw said hissy-fit.

But the gatekeepers refused to get bamboozled by burn's ever-increasing crescendo of rhetoric and kept demanding he leave.

As we have heard it things escalated from there and eventually burns was unceremoniously escorted out of the parking lot and told to wait in line with the rest of the peasants.

RK has also heard others tried to sneak in as well but when caught they, unlike hissy-fit burns, immediately left and did not put up any fuss.

Author: jc
Wed, Oct 31st, 2012 01:03:46 AM

RK believes it is time for the organizers of events like the capri motel and Sartirana shows to rethink their modus operandi in light of the past few year's results.

There should be little doubt there are a good number of established rug collectors and, as verified by the public's interest we see in the Weaving Art Museum website's statistics of visitation and use, an even larger number of interested parties in the general public.

The question: Why do these events not prove carry through of the above is perhaps far more easily answered than it might seem.

Sartirana is held in Italy in a rather out of the way location, though the venue is classy and upscale; while the capri motel show held in San Francisco, California, which surely houses one of the most active concentration of established collectors and potential interested parties, is about as down market and dumpy as can be.

RK is sure were the Sartirana show held in the outskirts of Milan/Rome/Venice or moved to southern Germany near to Munich, another hotbed of collectors, it would attract far more buyers and visitors.

Likewise, were the capri motel show moved to a far more appetizing venue, where walls and tables rather than beds and cramped floors, were used for display it too would be far better attended.

One major defense, mouthed by those who wish to keep the status quo, has stood as an obstacle -- the increased cost such moves would engender. However, this is a foolish argument, especially now when the past few years have shown ever-decreasing sales and visitation.

The paradigm you need to spend money to make money is obviously true, and while both shows(and prospective others) need to be run as cooperatives by the dealers themselves(no real management organization which needs to make a large profit) only the capri is now.

We are equally sure suitable venues not costing a fortune to hire could be found on the outskirts of places like Milan or San Francisco, and spending this cost difference would return far greater attendance and sales.

But there is one more element of success sorely missing from the rational and equations and that is tie in to museum exhibitions of carpets and textiles.

The fact there are very few exhibitions in institutional venues is a real detriment to attracting "new blood" to our field.

RK has lamented the sad and sorrowful saga of what happened in Los Angeles with the bogus "bellini" rug dennis dodds off-loaded on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

We also have mentioned the moribund state of the textile museum in Washington, DC and the refusal of those in charge to feature and exhibit any Anatolian or Turkmen rugs in the redo of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Islamic" department.

We can go on citing the abject cold shoulder major and even minor museum give to the carpet and textile field and, quite frankly, it is unfortunately deserved based on the antics, piss-poor scholarship and in-group benefits this field is well note to possess.

Major changes and overhaul are needed and until this happens, and happens seriously, forget about seeing any improvement in both sales and appreciation, or success in attracting larger number of buyers and those interested in becoming ones.

Author: jc
Mon, Oct 22nd, 2012 06:56:55 PM

The capri, aka roach motel, show is now over and the results are in the record book, so to speak.

RK has had a number of reports and can definitely say many, probably most, of the dealers have gone home with long faces and little if any bulge in their wallets.

One or two of them did good business but quite frankly they could have done as well by staying home, we sincerely doubt the venue or being in San Francisco was responsible for their success.

As a social event for small segment of RugDUMB's more active dealers, and bedroom/car trunk peddlers, attending the capri show is beneficial but to do real business with new clients it is a dismal failure, a fact one needn't be a genius to have known before last thursday's opening.

RK has, in the past, written why this is the case, and we have no need to reiterate.

It is time for those involved to raise the tenor of their game, something RK believes impossible.

But hope springs eternal; and while RK is a realist, we also are an optimist. And we would like nothing better than seeing real efforts to raise appreciation, and business, for antique oriental rugs -- but sell a rug on a bed in a roach motel is definitely NOT the way to accomplish this goal.

Nuff said...

Author: jc
Fri, Oct 19th, 2012 05:51:41 PM

RK has now spoken to a number of participants, as well as visitors, and as we expected there are, so far, fewer visitors than last year.

The good news is there is business, and a few of the dealers are doing quite well. But they have high end material that, similar to rug auctions lately, is the area where the most active buying is happening.

That and decent low end cheaper goods, dealers with mid-range merchandise are finding selling difficult and RK would not be surprised if they go home with long faces and little in the kitty.

We have also heard there are, again, a rare Turkmen, or two, weaving which have changed hands, as well as one dealer who brought some outstanding Caucasian rugs and has had good success getting them new homes.

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